Packers visit Cardinals with Aaron Rodgers and Kyler Murray as the obvious focus of attention
GLENDALE – Kyler murray, of the Arizona cardinals, has become one of the most spectacular quarterbacks in the NFL, elusive in the protection bag, able to elude opponents and often finish plays with long and precise passes.
If you think about it, it sounds a lot like a description of Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback of the Green bay packers.
It is not a surprise that Murray –who is 14 years younger than Rodgers– has shaped part of his career inspired by the star of Green bay. Now, two of the candidates to receive the award for Most valuable Player of the league will meet for the first time in their careers, on Thursday night, when the Cardinals welcome the Packers.
“He’s probably my favorite quarterback to watch, because of his style, the way he plays this sport, what he’s accomplished in his career,” he said. Murray. “I really admire his way of playing. It will be the first time we meet and the first time I meet him. It’s great, I’m looking forward to it already “
The Cardinals They are 7-0 for the first time since 1974 and are looking to set a franchise record for wins to start a season. Green bay (6-1) had a faltering start to the season, but have since won six straight games, with Rodgers big plan, throwing 15 touchdown passes and only one interception.
Rodgers He also lavished many compliments on Murray. And he acknowledged that, although it is a party of the Week 8, there is a feeling that this is a playoff matchup.
“We are aware of it. Many times when you are not playing against a division rival, the tiebreaker criteria are determined by games like this. There is still a lot of season ahead and many things can happen throughout the calendar, but this is an important duel ”.
Problems with COVID-19
It’s very probable that Green bay have to play without receivers Davante adams and Allen lazard, who were placed on the list of COVID-19 this week. Adams he’s tied for second among the receiving leaders with 52 and is third in yards as a pass recipient, with 744.
The coronavirus also had an impact on the coaching staff. The defensive coordinator, Joe Barry, tested positive this week and will not be available on Thursday.
Arizona can be identified. The Cardinals they are leaving an outbreak of contagions behind on their roster. The head coach Kliff kingsbury, the quarterback coach Cam turner, the linebacker Chandler jones and the member of the defensive line Zach Allen and Corey Peters they missed uptime in the previous two weeks. All except Peters they are already back with the team.
The Cardinals overcame those challenges presented by the COVID-19 and thus they defeated the Cleveland browns and Houston Texans. Arizona wait to Green bay have a similar resilience.
“At the level of NFL You can’t rule out teams because they don’t have someone on the field, ”said the Los Angeles linebacker. Cardinals, Zaven collins. “[Adams y Lazard] They’re great players, but it generally doesn’t mean they take a step back when there’s a substitute on the field. That is something to consider. There may not be a drastic change. “